The Science behind Norwex Antibac Microfiber
Using the most advance science, silver has been reduced in size and integrated into our synthetic microfiber contains an environmentally friendly antibacterial agent that has passed both FDA (Us Food and Drug Administration) and EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency) approval.
The silver agent is irreversibly bound to a polymer, so it becomes a physical part of the fiber. It is permanent and performance does not diminish over time. The silver agent also reduces the risk of cross contamination from surface to surface or to your hands and no stinky cloths. Still recommend regular washing instructions avoiding bleach and fabric softeners, but if washed and hung to dry germs are eliminated naturally.
A local University in Sweden—Lund University—decided to use the 100% Microfiber cloth—contaminate 10 surfaces with various superbugs—they used the same cloth to clean all 10 surfaces—found that ALL SURFACES were cleaned 99.9% with NO Cross Contamination between surfaces.
Laboratory testing has proven that the Antibacterial Enviro Cloth is effective against E.Coli, Salmonella, Bird Flu, SARS and many other strains of bacteria.
The agent has been tested against:
- E. coli
- Klebsiella pneumoniae
- Protues vulgaris
- Salmonella typhi
- Staphylocossus aureus
- Streptococcus pyogenes
- Candida albicans
Our microfiber reduces bacteria by 99.99% in 24 hours with laboratory testing.
How does microfiber work?
Quality (cleaning) Microfiber is constructed of two synthetic polymers – polyester and nylon (commercial nylon is also known as polyamide). After it’s extruded, it’s processed mechanically and chemically to be broken into finer parts. A quality Microfiber cloth will be at least 1/100th the diameter of a human hair. However this is not the case for most Microfiber cleaning cloths, in fact the average Microfiber cloth is only 1/6th of a human hair. Buyers beware!
Polyester-nylon blend is by far the most common for cleaning. The fibers are woven or knitted into cloths, mops and other materials for the janitorial/sanitation market. Microfiber is considered superior to standard fibers for cleaning applications because it has more surface area, and the smaller fibers can get into cracks and crevices too small for other materials. Also, unlike a traditional cotton rag, which is made with a rounded fiber, microfiber is made with a backwards triangular shape acting like a bionic sponge removing the dirt and bacteria, leaving you with a clean dry highly polished surface.. The Norwex Antibacterial Microfiber cloths can be rinsed or washed to remove the embedded particles and reused hundreds of times. The ratio of the polyester and polyamide blend is important. While 80% polyester and 20% polyamide is typical, a 70/30 blend will absorb water faster. As polyamide is much more expensive than polyester, you can expect to pay more for a 70/30 blend. This highly magnified cross section view of a microfiber thread shows why microfiber towels are thirsty and clean so well.